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History of Mokov

History of Mokov
To fully understand the modern-day Kingdom of Mokov, one must first understand the history of the island itself. Mokovi history is generally split into six eras: the Native Era, the Colonisation Era, the Conflict Era, the Unification Era, the Invasion Era, and the Modern Era. Each era lasts for around 200-400 years, but this can vary, and is named by the defining events of said era.

In the centuries before the first ethnic Mokovi set foot on the island of Mokov, a people known as the Nesschekav inhabited it. Their language remains largely untranslated as the language died out before a proper translation could be compiled. Nesschekav society was extremely hierarchical in nature, with a religious leader, selected by various omens, believed by modern sources to be seen as the will of the spirits of fire and water, at the top, and the soldiery/warriors at the very bottom.

One's place in this hierarchy determined every aspect of life, right down to what clothes could be worn. Nesschekav religion was built off of a combination of human sacrifices and lengthy rituals involving both fire and water. In the year 642, the last leader of the Nesschekav, Grand Exalted One Nel'desh'tan, was selected following the death of his unknown predecessor. Surviving accounts describe him as an ineffectual leader, more concerned with gaining power and wealth for himself and his family than ruling the nation.

In the year 681, a large group of ethnic Bohemians landed on the eastern shore of the island and established the settlement that would later be known as the city of Litkov. Nel'desh'tan was infuriated by this intrusion, and sent the military to destroy these settlers. Four days later, the remnants of the army staggered back into the capital city of Ter'ke'don, with only 400 of their 8,000 men remaining. These survivors told of giants covered in metal, wielding weapons sharper than any others.

Unfortunately, those survivors brought back something even worse than the Bohemian's swords: disease. Cholera and smallpox utterly ravaged Nesschekav, reducing the population by nearly 80% in just two years. In 684, the Bohemian colonists declared war on Nesschekav, and in eight months, conquered the entire eastern half of the island before suing for peace. The next ten years saw two more foreign incursions into Nesschekav land. In the north-west, a host of ethnic Russians violently seized the upper half of the remaining Nesschekav land, while in the south-west, a host of Cossacks invaded and conquered the rest. Nel'desh'tan was captured during the fighting with the Russians, and was burned at the stake for heresy.